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Raven's Reviews: Bury Your Gays by Chuck Tingle

Updated: Jun 7

Bury Your Gays by Chuck Tingle


The “Bury Your Gays” trope is often criticized for its disproportionate elimination of LGBTQ+ characters in media narratives, typically without substantial narrative purpose. This pattern implies that these characters are frequently deprived of fulfilling conclusions, and their demises are used more to propel the storylines of heterosexual characters than to develop their own. “Bury Your Gays” confronts this trope head-on, revealing its fundamental essence.

Misha Byrne, a scriptwriter for HBS, a renowned TV and movie production company, has penned numerous terrifying creatures that have graced the screen. However, when the executives insist on a specific ending for his season finale, Misha stands his ground. Resolute in crafting the conclusion on his own terms, he faces a nightmarish reality as his fictional creations begin to manifest and terrorize him and his closest friends.

The narrative offers robust LGBTQ+ representation and delves into the experiences of the queer community, highlighting the challenges they encounter in a predominantly heterosexual society. While it encompasses the full spectrum of horror with its array of monsters, spirits, extraterrestrials, and more, it also sheds light on the heartbreak associated with simply being oneself and navigating life as a queer individual.

As someone outside the Queer community, this book profoundly moved me, and it will undoubtedly compel readers to see the world from a different perspective. It aims to foster empathy, compassion, and understanding.

“Bury Your Gays” transcends the genre of queer horror. It portrays a world where heterosexual narratives predominate, often resorting to clichéd tropes while claiming to empathize. This book echoes the outcry of many of my own friends and relatives and after reading, one cannot help but join their chorus: Do not dictate who I can or cannot be… Do not prescribe how to be gay… Simply allow me to exist authentically.

I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy.

Pre-order today. Out June 9th, 2024.


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